Despite being angered by the possibility of impeaching President Trump, the “Bikers for Trump” group opted not to set up a ride of protest in his defense, saying they can not convince House Democrats not to move forward.
But they said they are willing to challenge Republicans if they oppose Trump during a Senate trial.
Bikers for Trump national coordinator Dale Herndon noted that Democrats are trying to impeach President Trump if they ride or not.
“The Democrats are going to vote no matter what anyone does. Even President Trump agreed with that. … This is a witch hunt, and we all know it, so why try to publicize it for the Democrats?” he said.
However, Herndon added, “We will ride, if and when the president looks as if he is in danger with some senators flipping,” specifically moderates that he calls Republicans In Name Only, or RINOs.
The group has a sign-up page, promoted on Facebook with over 300,000 members, for a potential ride. “We are getting up help just in case,” said Herndon.
This week, the Democrats are planning to impeach President Trump. A trial is expected to begin in January in the Republican-held Senate, requiring at least 20 GOP votes to convict Trump and remove him from office. It is predicted that few, if any, Republicans would vote to convict.
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) agreed to allow impeachment proceedings, the idea of an anti-impeachment ride originated from co-founder Artie Muller, 74, of Rolling Thunder and gained traction in September.
Muller, a former Army sergeant who served in Vietnam, denounced Pelosi as an “arrogant little [expletive],” saying: “Same with Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi should open up their closets and put some charges against them.”
For a Senate trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a radio interview on “The Brian Kilmeade Show,” “You can see here that this would be a kind of mutual assured destruction episode, that would go on for a long time. … The president’s not going to be removed from office. The only issue is how long do we want to take to get the final decision. I think that we’ve heard enough. We’re going to listen to arguments, but my view is it’s time to vote and move on.”
Author: Ben Rogers